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Boat Safety: A Must Read For Boaters

Aug 17, 2007
Boating is one of the best kinds of recreational activities that you can ever get in to. Besides, this kind of hobby will let you relax and enjoy the beauty of nature and is also one of the best ways to spend quality time with your family and friends.

In boating, you can bring your child along to go fishing or you can take your friends along to go scuba diving in places where you never dived before. This hobby will make you explore a truly unique environment that nature has to offer.

Or, boating can also be a great hobby and great workout equipment at the same time. By having a sail boat, and learn how to properly operate it, you and your sailing buddies can go out to sea or lake and race by just using the power of the wind. Sailboats require you to work hard.

In powerboats, you can fulfill your need for speed on the water. It is also a great boat if you want to go parasailing, or wakeboarding. You can also go boating in a laid back kind of way where you just go out to sea and simply enjoy the scenery and relax.

However, fun as boating may seem to be, you still need to consider some safety issues when you are operating a boat. It is important that you should remember that boats are also vehicles and you should take extra care when operating one to continue enjoying the boating experience.

As the captain of your boat, you need to be aware of all the safety equipments and procedures when operating a boat. You will be responsible for providing all the safety equipments and also for the well-being of your passengers and fellow boaters. It is important that you know how to be a responsible boater in order to prevent unwanted accidents to happen.

The first and very important safety procedure that you have to be aware of is to provide life jackets in your boat. It is a fact that most boat related accidents and fatalities involve someone going overboard and drown. This is the most common and also the most preventable boating accident that you should be aware of.

It is important that you and your passengers should don a US Coast Guard approved life jacket in order to prevent drowning from happening. Always remember that life jackets float and you don't. Wear your lifejackets; it's there to save your life and also your passenger's life.

The next boating safety procedure you should remember is to take a boating safety course. Even the most experienced boater should take this course because it will provide you with a lot of information about boating safety and also how to act whenever an accident occurs.

The next boating safety procedure you should know about is that you should follow the navigational rules. Just like following a road sign, you also need to know what beacons and buoys means. This will help you know where you have to go boating and where to avoid going.

Just like driving, it is important that you should never be under the influence while boating. You should consider the fact that boating under the influence is just as dangerous as driving under the influence. If you and your friends have to drink alcoholic beverages, you should do it after you go boating and not before and not while boating.

These are some of the safety boating procedures that you should follow. By keeping all of these in mind, you can be sure that your boating experience will remain fun and safe.
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